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2018-19 Budget

The 2018-19 Queensland Health budget will promote a connected healthcare system to improve access to quality and safe healthcare for all Queenslanders.

Queensland Health’s total budget is $18.3 billion for 2018-19. This includes an operating budget of $17.3 billion, an increase of $729.3 million compared with last year’s budget.

$14.7 of the 2018-19 budget, will be allocated to Hospital and Health Services and other organisations to deliver frontline services across the state.

In addition to $985.5 million to improve health infrastructure, the 2018-19 budget also boosts frontline staff, enhances medical technology, caters for rising demand, and focuses on preventive health to keep Queenslanders healthy.

The 2018-19 budget includes a range of new or recently announced initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes for all Queenslanders.

Further details on these and other health initiatives and highlights published in the 2018-19 State Budget, are shown below.

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Highlights

Click boxes below to see highlights of allocated budgets.

Queensland Health

Keeping Queenslanders Healthy
Meeting Queensland's growing needs
Enhancing medical technology
Boosting the frontline

Keeping Queenslanders healthy

  • $26.6 million to enhance community mental health treatment services
  • $16 million to extend Deadly Choices
  • $500,000 to improve the sexual health of Indigenous Queenslanders

Meeting Queensland’s growing needs

  • $154 million to expand the Specialist Outpatient Strategy
  • $152 million boost to help hospitals and health services with rising demand
  • $10 million to support the Winter Bed Strategy

Enhancing medical technology

  • $50 million additional funding for Health Technology Equipment Replacement Program
  • $12.6 million for medical imaging informatics solutions at Gold Coast Health and Children’s Health Queensland

Boosting the frontline

  • On track for 3,500 more nurses and midwives in Queensland public hospitals
  • On track for 400 nurse navigators across Queensland public hospitals
  • $5 million to support additional clinical staff in Queensland correctional facilities
  • $7.6 million to support the community helicopter network deliver vital aeromedical services


Hospital and Health Services

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Cairns and Hinterland

  • Total budget: $936.7 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $29.9 million
Central Queensland

  • Total budget: $610.4 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $44.1 million
Central West

  • Total budget: $76.7 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $3.1 million
Children's Health Queensland

  • Total budget: $757.2 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $37 million

Cairns & Hinterland

  • Total budget: $936.7 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $29.9 million
  • Investing:
    • $6.8 million growth funding to meet projected increase in activity including emergency department presentations, elective surgery, outpatients, and opening second cardiac catheterisation laboratory
    • $2.2 million for gastrointestinal endoscopy services
    • $810,000 for community mental health treatment services
    • $1 million for additional clinical staff to meet increasing demand for health services in Queensland correctional facilities
    • Beginning construction on Cairns South Health Precinct and Atherton Hospital redevelopment.

Central Queensland

  • Total budget: $610.4 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $44.1 million
  • Investing:
    • $9.1 million growth funding to meet projected increase in activity including emergency department presentations, elective surgery, outpatients
    • $4.4 million for community mental health treatment services
    • $1.3 million to improve gastrointestinal endoscopy services
    • $200,000 to support adult Step Up Step Down facility under Mental Health Connecting Care to Recovery initiative
    • $600,000 for additional clinical staff to meet increasing demand in Queensland correctional facilities
    • progressing $25 million Rockhampton Hospital Carpark development for completion December 2018
    • continuing works on $42 million Gladstone Hospital Emergency Department
    • beginning $5.7 million major renovations to North Rocky Nursing Centre with expected completion December 2018

Central West

  • Total budget: $76.7 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $3.1 million
  • Investing:
    • $1.1 million for initiatives aimed at retaining rural and remote nursing workforce
    • $120,000 for community mental health treatment services
    • $1.5 million funding for new and expanded services associated with Longreach Hospital redevelopment including day surgery and medical imaging services
    • progressing Blackall Hospital redevelopment

Children's Health Queensland

  • Total budget: $757.2 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $37 million
  • Investing:
    • $1 million for Winter  Bed  Strategy which  delivers improved emergency access during the busy winter period
    • $870,000 additional funding to improve access to gastrointestinal endoscopy services
    • $780,000 to support nursing workforce initiatives to improve patient safety and healthcare
Darling Downs

  • Total budget: $801.1 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $39.3 million
Gold Coast

  • Total budget: $1.494 billion
  • Increase from 17-18: $102.9 million
Mackay

  • Total budget: $441.7 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $26.7 million
Metro North

  • Total budget: $2.838 billion
  • Increase from 17-18: $171.9 million

Darling Downs

  • Total budget: $801.1 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $39.3 million
  • Investing:
    • $1.5 million for gastrointestinal endoscopy services
    • $400,000 for in community mental health treatment services
    • $250,000 to coordinate and deliver health services to refugees
    • implementing integrated electronic Medical Records (ieMR) at Toowoomba Hospital to streamline service delivery and enhance patient care
    • working with the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network to implement the Health Pathways project to improve coordination of care for consumers
    • $20 million towards $62 million redeveloping Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment to ensure the South Burnett community has access to better healthcare facilities closer to home
    • $3 million to commence preparing a detailed business case for the Toowoomba Hospital Redevelopment to meet the increase in population growth and healthcare demand

Gold Coast

  • Total budget: $1.494 billion
  • Increase from 17-18: $102.9 million
  • Investing:
    • $8.7 million to improve gastrointestinal endoscopy services
    • $6.7 million for ongoing Medical Imaging Informatics Solution (MIIS) Project
    • $3.9 million for community mental health treatment services
    • $2 million for Winter Bed Strategy which drives improved emergency access during the winter period
    • $100,000 for additional clinical staff to meet increasing demand for health services in Queensland correctional facilities

Mackay

  • Total budget: $441.7 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $26.7 million
  • Investing:
    • $2.1 million for community mental health treatment services
    • $2.8 million for mechanical and electrical upgrades at Proserpine Hospital 
    • $290,000 in increased funding to support projects identified under Mental Health Connecting Care to Recovery Plan continuation of co-located services pilot program and support for adult Step Up Step Down facility

Metro North

  • Total budget: $2.838 billion
  • Increase from 17-18: $171.9 million
  • Investing:
    • $14 million for gastrointestinal endoscopy services
    • $3.1 million for community mental health treatment services
    • $2.5 million for the Winter Bed Management Strategy which drives improved emergency access performance during the winter period
    • $1.2 million for additional clinical staff to meet increasing demand for health services in Queensland correctional facilities
    • $1 million additional funding to support increased clinical genetic services across Queensland
    • continuation of the $1.1 billion Herston Quarter Redevelopment Project
    • progress the $19.6 million Caboolture Hospital Emergency Department expansion – stages 2 and 3
    • $3 million for detailed planning for the $252.7 million Caboolture Hospital redevelopment
    • $3.7 million for the nuclear medicine hot lab expansion at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
    • new $36 million carpark at Redcliffe Hospital
    • $1 million to commence planning for the Redcliffe Hospital redevelopment
    • commencement of the next step of implementing an electronic medical record across all hospitals in the health service.
Metro South

  • Total budget: $2.408 billion
  • Increase from 17-18: $92.7 million
North West

  • Total budget: $182 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $9.5 million
South West

  • Total budget: $149.9 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $8.2 million
Sunshine Coast

  • Total budget: $1.196 billion
  • Increase from 17-18: $41.4 million

Metro South

  • Total budget: $2.408 billion
  • Increase from 17-18: $92.7 million
  • Investing:
    • $7.6 million growth funding to meet projected increase in activity including emergency department presentations, elective surgery and outpatients
    • $10.9 million for sustainable access to gastrointestinal endoscopy services
    • $3.4 million for community mental health treatment services
    • $2.5 million for the Winter Bed Management Strategy which drives improved emergency access performance during the winter period
    • $2.5 million for a Medical Assessment and Planning Unit at Logan Emergency Department, which will provide eight additional beds to assist with patient flow and managing flu season
    • $1.2 million expansion of mental health services through state-wide Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre and Workforce Development Framework under the Mental Health Connecting Care to Recovery Plan
    • $720,000 for patient flow nurses to support the emergency department access at Logan Hospital
    • $180,000 for additional clinical staff to meet increasing demand in Queensland correctional facilities
    • Continued planning for the Princess Alexandra Hospital to provide public health and knowledge infrastructure and capitalise on potential opportunities afforded by the Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro transport projects
    • $375,000 for the $1.73 million upgrade to Redland Hospital including expanding the emergency department and additional birthing suite

North West

  • Total budget: $182 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $9.5 million
  • Investing:
    • continuing the $8.4 million replacement multi-purpose health facility at Julia Creek
    • $1.2 million for initiatives aimed at retaining the rural and remote nursing workforce
    • $456,000 growth funding to meet projected increase in activity including emergency department presentations, elective surgery and outpatients
    • $226,000 to support establishment of supervised bail accommodation services with North West HHS
    • $221,000 for community mental health treatment services

South West

  • Total budget: $149.9 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $8.2 million
  • Investing:
    • $2.9 million for initiatives aimed at retaining the rural and remote nursing workforce
    • $123,000 for community mental health treatment services
    • $100,827 to improve gastrointestinal endoscopy services in South West HHS
    • Progressing the new $90 million Roma Hospital

Sunshine Coast

  • Total budget: $1.196 billion
  • Increase from 17-18: $41.4 million
  • Investing:
    • $34.5 million in new and expanded services at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital
    • Continuation of $86.2 million Nambour Hospital redevelopment
    • Continuation of $17 million Caloundra Hospital redevelopment
    • $2.7 million for community mental health treatment services
Torres and Cape

  • Total budget: $213.7 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $10.8 million
Townsville

  • Total budget: $983.8 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $48 million
West Moreton

  • Total budget: $607.1 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $52.6 million
Wide Bay

  • Total budget: $614.9 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $33 million

Torres and Cape

  • Total budget: $213.7 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $10.8 million
  • Investing:
    • $930,000 to support professional education in rural and remote communities aimed at retaining nursing workforce and enhanced services 
    • $370,000 for community mental health treatment services
    • delivering priority infrastructure projects including the $6.7 million Aurukun Primary Health Care Centre redevelopment

Townsville

  • Total budget: $983.8 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $48 million
  • Investing:
    • investing $820,000 in gastrointestinal endoscopy services
    • investing $470,000 in community mental health treatment services
    • $1.1 million for additional clinical staff to meet increasing demand for health services in Queensland correctional facilities
    • hosting the First 1000 Days Australia trial in Townsville which focuses on addressing health needs of indigenous children from pre-conception to two years 
    • implementing the next phase of enhanced functionality to the existing ieMR for modules of closed-loop electronic medications management, theatre management, enterprise scheduling or appointments, anaesthetic record integration and research support.

West Moreton

  • Total budget: $607.1 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $52.6 million
  • Investing:
    • $1.5 million for community mental health treatment services
    • $1.15 million to support nursing workforce initiatives to improve patient safety and health care
    • $2.2 million for additional clinical staff to meet increasing demand in Queensland correctional facilities
    • $300,000 for gastrointestinal endoscopy services
    • completing the transition to a Digital Hospital for Ipswich Hospital and other digital technology initiatives
    • increasing access to health care services closer to home through innovations such as MeCare
    • progressing $124 million Ipswich Health Precinct redevelopment and broader implementation of West Moreton Health Master Plan.

Wide Bay

  • Total budget: $614.9 million
  • Increase from 17-18: $33 million
  • Investing:
    • $2.9 million for community mental health treatment services
    • $2.8 million to support increased provision of cardiac intervention services to Fraser Coast
    • $960,000 to improve gastrointestinal endoscopy services
    • $120,000 in increased funding to support the adult Step Up Step Down facility under Mental Health Connecting Care to Recovery initiative
    • $670,000 for additional clinical staff to meet increasing demand in Queensland correctional facilities
    • releasing and implementing 2018-2022 Strategic Plan for the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
    • $8.9 million to complete refurbishment works to Maryborough Hospital Emergency, Specialist Outpatients and front reception 
    • $12.2 million to complete construction and commissioning of new Emergency Department at Hervey Bay Hospital
    • $1.3 million to complete Step-up Step-down Mental Health Facility in Bundaberg
    • $4.1 million to complete refurbishment of Gayndah Hospital and Eidsvold Multi-Purpose Health Service.
Last updated: 12 June 2018